Make India clean: PM to ministers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged his council of ministers on Tuesday to “make India clean” and ensure that the “Swachhta hi Seva” fortnight starting September 15 across the country is a grand success.

The cleanliness fortnight marking the third anniversary of the ‘Clean India mission’ is being celebrated in the country from September 15 to October 2, to make sanitation “everyone’s business”.

A proposal as part of this fortnight includes urging national teams of various sports including cricket, hockey, football, badminton to adopt and clean up a slum.

It was also suggested that a massive campaign be launched for cleaning public and tourist places, markets, statues, hospitals and bus stations and the ministers were urged to ignite masses for contribution to ‘Swachh Bharat’.

A detailed presentation was made by Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary Parameswaran Iyer in the first meeting of the council of ministers after the recent cabinet reshuffle.

In the presentation, it was suggested that the External Affairs Ministry may consider to add ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ message and logo to all new passports.

Besides, all ministries have been asked to initiate innovative programmes to ensure sanitation for the poor and the marginalised.